The NFL announced Monday night that it has suspended Oakland Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree and Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib two games apiece without pay for their fight in Sunday’s game.
Sources tell ESPN’s Adam Schefter that both players will appeal the suspensions.
Talib, Crabtree and Raiders guard Gabe Jackson were ejected with 11 minutes, 47 seconds left in the first quarter of Sunday’s game. Talib and Crabtree were ejected for fighting, and Jackson was ejected for making contact with an official.
Jackson was not suspended.
On a second-and-6 play from the Raiders’ 24-yard line on Oakland’s second possession of the game, Crabtree blocked Talib during a 5-yard run by Marshawn Lynch. Crabtree kept pushing Talib out of bounds near the Broncos’ bench area.
Talib and Crabtree then exchanged shoves before they threw punches at each other. Talib said Monday that Crabtree threw a punch at him first. As he did in a game last season, Talib ripped a necklace off Crabtree during the fight.
Several other players from both teams joined in along the Broncos’ sideline. Talib eventually got ahold of Crabtree’s helmet, pulling it out of a crowd, and he tossed it toward the stands.
“I came out there to play football on Sunday. I don’t really know what he came out there to do. … He came out here on this extra stuff, so one thing led to another,” Talib said Monday. “It’s unfortunate. I wish it didn’t happen, but it happened, so just have to move on.”
After initially being removed from the group, Talib and Crabtree reignited things in the end zone.
“The second half of it could have definitely been defused,” Talib said. “That’s what I’m disappointed about, the second half of it. The first half, that was him being extra. That’s what he wanted. He didn’t want to play that game, he wanted to come out and wrestle all day.”
Asked whether he believed he would be fined or suspended by the league — or both — Talib said he hoped the entire incident would be considered.
“I hope the league sees how it started. … I didn’t come out there to fight or wrestle with him,” Talib said.
ESPN’s Jeff Legwold and Paul Gutierrez contributed to this report.